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Mohammad Yousuf set to retire

Osman Samiuddin

March 27, 2010

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Mohammad Yousuf drives during his innings of 23, Pakistan v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group A, Johannesburg, September 23, 2009
The lack of support from the PCB is believed to be the reason behind Mohammad Yousuf's decision © Getty Images
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Mohammad Yousuf is preparing to retire from all forms of international cricket, a direct result it is believed, of the treatment and punishment the PCB handed out to him in the aftermath of Pakistan's recent Australian tour of which he was captain.

Yousuf was handed an indefinite ban as per the recommendations of an inquiry committee set up by the board to investigate why Pakistan lost every single one of the nine international matches in Australia over the turn of the year. Seven of those losses - three in Tests and four in ODIs - came under the leadership of Yousuf.

In their findings, the board blamed Yousuf for spreading infighting and indiscipline within the side and banned him for an indefinite period - along with Younis Khan - from all forms of the international game. He was subsequently not included in the central contracts list for this year.

Yousuf had taken over the captaincy last year when Younis stepped down following an ODI series loss to New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, at a time he says no one was willing to take the responsibility. Though he hasn't yet specified the reasons behind his decision, it is believed that the PCB's punishment and a lack of support from the board have made his mind up for him. Those close to him say that constant run-ins with the board have diminished his appetite to stay on.

"I have decided to quit cricket," Yousuf told the Urdu-language daily Jang. "This is not an emotional decision. I consulted my family, friends and elders before taking it."

In the past Yousuf has twice bid farewell to Pakistan cricket, after being upset over his treatment from Pakistan's selectors and management. In 2007, after being overlooked for Pakistan's World Twenty20 squad, he signed up with the ICL in protest. Though he was convinced to come back into the fold by the PCB - and paid handsomely to do so - he ultimately joined the league again in 2008. Both times he was barred from playing for Pakistan.

Underlining his decision each time was a strained relationship with the then captain Shoaib Malik. Yousuf publicly accused Malik of destroying his career and though he returned to the national team as Malik was deposed as captain, the pair have been involved in a public slanging match again after the Australian tour. Yousuf is scheduled to hold a press conference on Monday in Karachi to make the decision official and is expected to outline the reasons for his retirement.

If it is the final goodbye - and his current mood, say friends, indicates that he is serious - then Pakistan will lose the services of their most accomplished batsman of the decade alongside Inzamam-ul-Haq. He has over seven thousand Test runs from 88 Tests at 53.07, the highest average for any Pakistani batsman. He has 39 international hundreds, including 24 in Tests alone. Pakistan are due to play six Tests in England this summer, a prospect they must now consider - if Younis also misses out - without either of their most formidable middle-order batsmen.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 29, 2010, 11:30 GMT)

Hey Once again our PCB has prooven why they are considered as one of the worst(awful) cricket boards of all times. And we have the best example among many set out by our very dear board, this time the victim being Star batsman Mohammad Yousuf.

Infact All these worthless and useless people starting from Ijaz But to Wasim Bari should be kicked out and banned to represent Pakistan in any form! I was under the impression that the country's President has a saying in cricketing affairs of our nation however in this case there is utmost silence!!!

Why and till when are we continue to let people like Ijaz But rule PCB and make baseless allegations and irrational actions! I think like in other important affairs of the country, army should intervene here as well!!Gems like Yousuf and Younus are simply allowed to fall into the pit and useless and worthless people like Kamran Akmal who in collaboration with Shoaib Malik created trouble in the team, are allowed to play!! Bravo!!!

Posted by   on (March 29, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

Sadly, All goods things must come to an end ! As a batsman, He was the "CLASS-ACT" coated the "ELEGANCE" , "POETRY IN MOTION" ! He was the "SAVIOUR" and delivered in "pressure-cooker" situations ! Deserves all the accolades for his batting prowess.

M. Yousuf never had the "GENES" of a leader.

Also, he has the unfinished business of explaining to fans the rationale behind : * his "field-placement" on 5th Morning of "SYDNEY-TEST". (His "field-placement" were as if Australia was 800/2 - whereas actually Australians were 80/8) ! * Hara-Kiri Style batting of Paki. batsmen while chasing a modest total.

So as to rub some of his batting magic on youngsters, I request PCB to reverse their decision and allow him to stay 6 more months in Test Cricket and arrange a decent send-off ! And after retirement, he can take up the "Batting-Coach" assignment (of Green Shirts).

Mohd. Yousuf - We SALUTE, ADORE and THANK YOU ! Your "SILKY" batting was a joy to watch !.

Jawed, Karachi

Posted by   on (March 29, 2010, 7:19 GMT)

i think cricket lose a great player..and i will lose one of the my best player.im from india.but this is so sad to hear dat he is going to retire..pcb is worst board of the cricket.this time ijaz butt should be retire not yousuf or others..really he is great batsman..he is claassy..pcb is going to close one more extraordinary chapter..i think pakistan cricket now going to do a big mistake.go pcb go and stop him.he is urs..he givn u lot of honour lot of priase..he rises ur name in whole world.salute to u yousuf..for intertained us.salaam to u yousuf for ur honesty..his retirement deciosion is a big lesson for pcb who always insulting players..just show me at least one player wich pcb gives honour for his retirement most players retire after unnecsorry blames and insulting.. every human is having some gud things some bad..if he is poor fielder means he always batted well and complaisant.my personal thinking and request is dont go u fight to board u can fight..and be with us some more yrs

Posted by mykhan on (March 29, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

salams, i m gutted to hear that, i think there is lot of politics going on in PCB it-self let alone the players. i want all these adhoc based appointments in PCB to be religated and curse of favoritism should be halted, which is the main cause of the decline in our team performances. shoiab malik should have been kicked out of the team long ago as his peformance has never been impressive enough. About muhammad yousuf i would say by far he is the best batsman in pakistan team and he has probably scored more runs then any other batsman even in recent past in spite of his failure in many tours. his technique, temperament, strike rate and average is still very good and he can still make history for pakistan. after javed miandad, muhammad yousuf was the only batsman who is elegant and a class of his own as every body in the world accepts it. i would rate him higher than even the great inzimam...... let alone the rest. pakistan cricket team can not afford his retirement..... mykhan

Posted by ahamed_sharif on (March 29, 2010, 4:30 GMT)

A technical question.

Can Mohammed Yousuf migrate to Bangladesh and play for Bangladesh.

He can live with dignity there.

How many times he was made RUNOUT by he own teammates?

Posted by koi1 on (March 28, 2010, 23:13 GMT)

good riddance. no doubt a great batsman but his delusions of being an effective limited over player was doing more harm than good.

Posted by bobagorof on (March 28, 2010, 22:43 GMT)

I knew this would happen. With the way Yousuf was speaking during the Australian tour, one could tell he was fed up with what was going on behind the scenes. He obviously believes it's not worth his while putting up with all of that - he has nothing left to prove in international cricket. It's a shame that he has been punished for what I believe was caused by other members of the squad, and Pakistan cricket is the poorer for it. He wasn't a great captain, but he is a nice guy and a star batsman. Still, all players must call time at some point. Congratulations, Yousuf - you provided much enjoyment and you will be missed.

Posted by ManHOOS on (March 28, 2010, 22:27 GMT)

shahzad husan for your kind info he is old man trying to get his place in side listen ek to wo bura feilder hai ek to us ko kaptani ati nahi hai us ka mental approach gali mohallay ki cricket wala hai wo actually team main aa kaisay gaya us ko to carem board khailni chayay shahzad husan loooser think b4 u speak

Posted by Number_5 on (March 28, 2010, 21:36 GMT)

As a cricket fan foremost (aussie) you gotta feel for Pakistan cricket supporters. Such a talented team but they always seems to be struggling with these sorts of issues....

Posted by hina_a on (March 28, 2010, 19:51 GMT)

yea life time ban was insulting

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 28, 2010, 19:43 GMT)

The only person that should retire, is too shameless to take any blame and retire. He is also way too powerful politically to be disposed off i.e. he is the brother-in-law of Asif Zardari's close friend, PPP stalwart, and the American loved defense minister Ahmed Mukhtar.

Posted by cricfan65 on (March 28, 2010, 19:30 GMT)

Is Yousuf a great captain ? No. ( glaring example- the sIdney Tes) Is he a great batsman ? Without a doubt !What the PCB should have done was simply remove him from the captaincy. What these idiots have done is just another nail in Pakistan's cricket coffin.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2010, 18:48 GMT)

This is a recipe for again loosing all matches in England. Who are the administrators going to blame then, suicide from PCB. Already a shaky batting line up, now without two of its best batsmen.

Posted by MaarifSohail on (March 28, 2010, 18:47 GMT)

He had his times, a constant decline in his batting has rendered him to be a mere shadow of his hey days. Substandard fielding and poor captaincy has also hastened his end. His saving grace would have been leaving in 2007 before joining ICL.It seems he lost his marbles when he sold his soul to Inzamam, who is still messing with Yusufs sincere efforts to leave the game with dignity & well earned respect. If my words sound obiturary for a great player, they are not, as no words can do justice to a great batsman who was tricked out of high accolades by a bunch of loonies who were too full of their own past exploits & killed the sincere and selfless Yusuf. Yusuf would always be remembered as a human being who showed respect for the Pakistani Fans and stayed away from match fixing, betting, smoking pot, selling sleazy tantrums to media. He brought respect to the minorities. May have temporary hurt them but his humanity bridged the gap between majority and minority,permanently.GOD bless him.

Posted by ahpir on (March 28, 2010, 16:23 GMT)

If even there was an infighting going on, still indefinite bans are worst decision. In fighting is not a new thing in pakistan cricket team.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2010, 15:26 GMT)

it is a wrong decision from yosuf

Posted by hina_a on (March 28, 2010, 13:00 GMT)

Very common act of putting blame on ONE PERSON "Ijaz but" ..Even these eplayers are not saints and are involved in personality clashes..it has ruined the paki cricket ..Entire cricket body in pak is needed to be fixed but who will do this wonder? Every one is same here..its easy to critizise..

Posted by w_e_s_s on (March 28, 2010, 10:52 GMT)

I think its the PCB's heads who need to retire. They have just put all the blame of their poor/failed management on the players. Ijaz Butt is Rehman Malik's (interior minister) relative that's why he is on that post which he doesn't know how to handle. That sleepy old bloke yawns all the time and putting pressure on players by unjust banning.

It Yousuf retires, this would be the worst ever loss Pakistan cricket have ever suffered. Could prove to be a final blow to nation's cricket that is already struggling. And with Bangladesh on a rise, they would easily be able to beat team as weak as Pakistan's.

There could be millions like Ijaz Ahmed but there won't be another Yousuf, fire the old man and that'll settle it all.

Posted by BUTT_093 on (March 28, 2010, 10:17 GMT)

Correct decision taken by Yousuf in my opinion. It is better to walk away from the game on your own terms than being thrown out. I sincerely wish that Yousuf would continue to play for Pakistan for 3-4 more years just like my countrymen but for his sake, to avoid further UNDESERVED embarassment from the PCB, that seems to be taking Pakistan cricket in such depths that have not been witnessed even by Pakistan cricket, I support his decision, albeit with a heavy heart.

Posted by sunil_sona on (March 28, 2010, 9:47 GMT)

@ greatkhan why should he think about nation ? is reallly nation thinking about yousuf situation ask qon self

Posted by Cric_123 on (March 28, 2010, 9:44 GMT)

A direct consequence of putting incompetent people on top. I wish, for the sake of my national team, that he plays again...But, as a man of honor, he should retire..Mohammad Yousuf, we salute u for the great moments u gave us during last 12 years..You will live in our hearts!

Posted by AshitYadav on (March 28, 2010, 9:42 GMT)

Pakistan team has always suffered because of infighting, politics and disastrous decisions by the PCB board. They don't know how to handle players. Dimag gutno me hain.

Posted by A-Khater on (March 28, 2010, 8:12 GMT)

I hope that he will reconsider his decision of retirement, Pakistan cricket need him to play another 3 to 4 years.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2010, 7:31 GMT)

I thik, Yousuf will have chance in IPL now, since he is out of PCB and will be available for the series.

Posted by greatkhan on (March 28, 2010, 6:49 GMT)

What a shame it would be if Yousuf retires. I still beleive that he has atleast 2-3 years of top International cricket left in him. Moreover with the icc one day world cup just about around the corner (one year to be precise) this will hurt Pakistan cricket big time. Pakistan need every experienced hand to work together as one unit if they are to play competitive cricket in the coming icc one day world cup. Yousuf should first think about the nation before deciding, bcoz the nation needs him. I hope that he reconsiders hsi decision and we will see him coming back with full roar.

Posted by zahidmd on (March 28, 2010, 3:53 GMT)

Right after they made him captain for NZ tour, I told my friends in my email list that it was going to be the end of Yousuf's career. Reason? Because PCB has done it numerous times in the past, Latif, Moin etc. I have already bid my farewell to Yousuf, my only favorite batsman in Pak, after he accepted the captaincy. Alaas he fell into the trap.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2010, 3:39 GMT)

the PCB just cant learn...but great batsman M.Yousuf but he should appeal against the ban ...but if Younus retires that will teach the PCB a lesson..if they loose any other player either to retirement or ban their done........

Posted by ABZ006 on (March 28, 2010, 3:31 GMT)

This iz da end of a poor misguided genious. He is poor because pakistani board just played with him wheneva dey feel like 2. He is misguided becoz he does not know : wat 2 do afta bein overlooked from da pakistani squad n decided 2 go 2 Indian league..wring path............n we all know he is genious. He is one of da all time best batsmans for pakintan cricket team. Probably da best 4 r: JaVed Mianda, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul-huq n Mohammad Yousuf.

Posted by Stunned_Fan on (March 28, 2010, 3:22 GMT)

Another casualty caused by PCB. We have mistreat over best players, learn something from Sri-Lanka, how they are treating Jay Surya. We have such short term memory that and are so impatient that little bad patch and all goes down the drain.

In 2006, Yousuf scored nine test centuries in a calendar year and broke Viv Richards' world record of most test runs in a year by making 1,788 runs in 11 tests. After that he was poorly treated by the board and never got respect he deserved. He is the best batsman Pakistan ever had.... Numbers don't lie.... Most runs Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0 Javed Miandad 1976-1993 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 23 43 6 Inzamam-ul-Haq 1992-2007 119 198 22 8829 329 50.16 25 46 14 Mohammad Yousuf 1998-2010 88 152 12 7431 223 53.07 24 32 10 No one has higer avg. in Pakistan the him, no one expect Inzi has score more centuries but that also took 31 more test for Inzi and Miandand score one less after playing 36 more test. Is this Justice????

Posted by amar_cheema_sydney on (March 28, 2010, 3:11 GMT)

Its sad that pakistan cricket lose another one of their Senior batsmen with the best test record out there for pakistan. But i have to agree wit Thaheem here that Mohammad Yousaf is much more appreciated overseas. I would know i met M. Yousaf when they played the Sydney test. He is a religious and calm player. But this calm is diminished when on the field were there is no team cohesion and bitching of the highest order. PCB needs to train their players and pick the most skilled, strongest and fastest members because the international ciruit is no joke and the players need to know that they are playing for their country and not sponsorship.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2010, 3:10 GMT)

PCB is the worlds shitest cricket board in the world.......this is a result of the Unstable pakastani Politics, if the country is itself in a political crisis there wont be any improvemnet in any sectors sports, economy, tourism etc. In a game there is equal probabilities of losing or winning.... if you lose a tour.. that doesnt mean that you have to suspend the players who were always trying their best...and there cannot be two winners.............PCB has treated the players as a home slave sacking if not working well. Players are the pride of a country and a national identity... not a salve of corrupted PCB. So , I like to support Yousuf's decision to quit cricket because after doing a lot of contributions for the country and all your contrybutions goes to vain for a single tour loss.... PCB is treating you as a slave. PCB is like a mad dog can bite anyone at any time.........so its better to stay at home safe.........PCB is A MAD DOG.

Posted by jaku1988 on (March 28, 2010, 3:06 GMT)

it is very bad news for all pakistanies.we miss you very much.

Posted by TeeJ on (March 28, 2010, 2:23 GMT)

I'm an INDIAN and I respect Mohammed Yosuf formerly called as Yousuf Youhana though he is a fierce rival to the team I support. He is one of the most accomplished batsmen from the subcontinent in WORLD CRICKET. He has faced the cream of bowlers in the world. With all the issues he had from the PCB he still proved them every single time that he is one of their best by staging monumental comebacks. But what happens when a group of officials manage cricket without vision for the best, but just temporary solutions? The reason why PAKISTAN was one of the best teams was because of their versatile talent. Now, Pakistan is treading the same thin ice. When it breaks, mediocrity awaits.

Posted by Ranajani on (March 28, 2010, 2:05 GMT)

Thanks for your Contribution M. Yousuf and Hopefully Y.Khan Do the right thing and follow you.....

Posted by sohaibkhan on (March 28, 2010, 1:56 GMT)

I think that it is a very emotional and impulsive decision by Mohammed Yousuf. He took this decision only as a retaliation to PCB decision from barring him from the team. I agree that PCB has made a mockery and played with his respect as they first banned him and younis for life, and later turned on their decision.But these things happen in pakistan cricket. The best answer from yousuf would have been to come back inthe team and perform like he did in year 2007 where he scored the highest amount of calender runs. That's wasim akram handeled it, not backing off and getting retired but rather staying there and performing and answering your critics.At the end of the day evry forgets controversies and only records and performance is remembered .Yousuf if you are reading this DONT SAY QUIT infact never say QUIT..!! came back pakistan cricket needs your services

Posted by allstars_XI on (March 28, 2010, 1:54 GMT)

a very sad end for such a great batsman. really disappointed at the mis-management by the pcb. well i hope you the best of luck yousuf. you were a true legend!!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2010, 0:46 GMT)

May your efforts always be remembered, both on and off the field. The Almighty has made this happen as you are far more valuable preaching his Word, alhamdulillah

Posted by rohanbala on (March 28, 2010, 0:45 GMT)

Thanks Yousuf.. You deserved a better treatment for your contribution to Pakistan cricket. That is how PCB treats good players like you. You should now feel relieved that you are not amongst cunning team mates like Shoaib Malik who enjoys a good support even now though he has not contributed much "on the field" in the recent past.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2010, 0:20 GMT)

is pcb is going on crazzy ???? compealing such a great player to retire ,they should have known that nobody can stay in a peak point yusuf bat cannot hit runs in evry single match its need the luck to do so .pcb must have solved these dispute among team member a long time ago.pcb is playing wid the life of players

Posted by AleemLatif on (March 28, 2010, 0:10 GMT)

I have not doubt that Yousaf had been among the best batsmen Pakistan has ever produced - especially in Tests and he will be missed in Pak Team's Test squad. But I had not been very impressed by his statements in the media during OZ tour and after that.Being senior players I was expecting more mature behavior from Yousaf and Younas. I still believe that Shoab Malik and Yousaf should be given final reprimand to clear their hearts from each other and not get involved in any kind of conflicts in future. Somebody should play a middle-man's role here because the negative tactics - these players have been in OZ tour has cost us very highly. We damn care if they loose with a good fight against opposition but we will hate to see them ruining countries name by fighting themselves.

Posted by vajira12 on (March 28, 2010, 0:06 GMT)

No one will forget the simplicity of his technique and the pleasing sight of his stroke play. Np doubt the best Pakistani batsman of last decade.

Posted by bestpickever on (March 27, 2010, 23:42 GMT)

I do not know that how long will Pak board keep continue to do like this,,,In past they destroy the career of great miandad and now spoiling career of yousuf and even they keep imran nazir out of the game for a long time.I think this is really a very sound decision because if the board is not respecting such a great batsmen then why should he care.I wish you all the best in future.May ALLAH bless you.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 23:18 GMT)

a batsman whose test avg is in 50s and whose odi avg is in 40s leave like this... this is so sad...

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (March 27, 2010, 23:05 GMT)

I've been critical of Md Yousuf's recent behaviours and I did not support many of his captaincy decisions on the field. But I hold PCB entirely responsible for Pakistan loosing in such an ignominous manner one of the best batsmen they ever produced. It seems not only that Pak cricket are unable to get the best out of their players, they just find ways of diminishing them and get them to make early exits without fulfilling their potential. Their treatment to Javed Miandad towards the end of his career comes to mind, but there have been several others. The saga continues now with Md Yousuf. Don't get me wrong! I was all in favour of punishing him as well as Younus Khan for their tantrums and antics. For his bad captaincy it would have been enough to take the captaincy from him. But can't they talk to players? R they so incapable of man management? In that case why don't they outsource the team to foreign experts? Surely, the spotlight and scrutiny should now shift squarely to the Board.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 23:05 GMT)

Its very sad how such a class performer has to say goodbye in such a manner, an extremely poor form of management by who ever is making decisions for the PCB, Yousaf was a master of his craft and should be Mentioned amongst a handful of batsmen as one of the Most pretentiously prolific run scoring batsmen of the Modern cricketing Eraa..!..It was an absolute pleasure to see you bat Sir...Your service to pakistan cricket shall never be forgotten..!...much respect and thanks for the memories..!

Posted by PAKI.mental_torture on (March 27, 2010, 22:52 GMT)

May this time be the last, final, terminal end of this greedy one...

Posted by rmnaveed on (March 27, 2010, 22:50 GMT)

It is Pakistan Cricket history , but it hurts every time when it happens. What had we done with Waqar , Waseem, Javad miadad and specially with Saeed Anwer when Saeed was threw out of Pakistan Cricket team he scored 100 agains india. For Past few years the only reliable batsman we have is Muhammad Yousuf ....... A true master class talent better then any batsmam Pakistan produced ......... He always played for Pakistan. But again we are doing the same with this greate cricketer. Totally miss managed these disputes can be handled easily

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (March 27, 2010, 21:49 GMT)

Assalam o alaikum First comment is written by some one whose not "Manhoos" just by name but he is really a "manhoos" in real sense. This is the another unfortunate end of gr8 cricketer by the board of idiots. The nation who does not know how to respect their hero's, that nation does not deserve to be respected. Can some one ask PCB that Pakistan ever won any series in Australia even in the presence of Ws, Imran Khan and Miandad. PCB can not take the responsibilty of loss which is the actual responsible of failure by not having able to establish quality cricket at the domestic lavel. Absence of quality pitches are the actual reasons of our batsmen's failures abroad. Cricket was the only thing of Pakistan I had some interest in, now I will probably never follow the criket. This just extreme disappoitnement for a fan of cricket. I would urge former cricketers to talk to PCP chairman to convince Yousaf to take back his decision. Otherwise Pakistan will face worser consequences.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 21:35 GMT)

Think he'll reconvert now?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 21:17 GMT)

Yousuf, First off, I want to congratulate you for taking the right decision, Pakistan Cricket does not deserve good players, people from different countries give so much respect to their players, look at Sachin in India, he is considered a god of cricket. Not to mention Yousuf is the guy who broke the record of the cricket legend, and what does Pakistan cricket do, suspend the man for life. Great job PCB such intriguing effort, you created this mess within the team, PCB its not Yousuf, Younis, or Malik, all these players are class, there has been times where each of these players won matches for Pakistan single highhandedly, but no rather give junior class player leadership, than take it back right away after few losses. Pakistan Cricket needs to show its confidence in its players. Look at India, same T20 final made Dhoni of who he is today, and Malik is no way near.

Posted by santoshyd on (March 27, 2010, 21:08 GMT)

why PCB goes mad once in while? either they give too harsh punishment or too lenient... sometime they give harsh punishments and retract... why cant they make a well thought decision and stick to it? its just terrible...

Posted by zashah on (March 27, 2010, 21:06 GMT)

shoaib malik should be kickout

Posted by reiaz on (March 27, 2010, 21:06 GMT)

i will say Mohammad Yousuf is a very good bat man and Pakistan should keep him and i all way like watch him when he is bating but not all times he preform so yousuf please don't go if you leave Pakistan. Pakistan will punish in test cricket because only you and Khan have all the experience in the Pakistan squad for test series so please don't go.

Posted by SajidMirza on (March 27, 2010, 21:03 GMT)

A sad, very sad, i mean really really sad time for Pakistan Cricket. One of the our greatest stylish and responsible batsman is ready to left our middle order alone. PCB buried another great one. His all records gone in vain. I never understand the policies of PCB, why they always trying to protect their selves? Why don't they try to protect their player infact great palyers. He is my all time favorite batsman. Average greater then batsman like Inzimam and Javed Maindad. He is a record holder of most runs in a calender year. Yousuf Bhai we will miss you but i am against this decision, please don't do this for the sake of Pakistan Cricket, which is already going to crash and i hope without Yousuf Bhai England will beat us 5-1 because there is not batsman who could stay on fast and bouncy English wickets. Hat off to you Yousuf Bhai. You are the best among best.

Posted by zeb.kiani on (March 27, 2010, 21:02 GMT)

no way !!!!! that canot be possible....a living legend is leavin out! can't. Don't do it Yousuf. PCB wake up. wth r u doing ? classy batsmen of all time. did u guys saw his career ?? the best figures amongst any pakistani player? totally insane:( PCB. get out of cricket ? this aint the rite place for u? so disappointed..5 tests to follow..in ka baat khaylay ga. Yousuf think about pakistan:(((((( really really gona miss u...js do one last favor to pakistan..dont leave for couple of years. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by dil333 on (March 27, 2010, 20:37 GMT)

Pakistan were already playing terrible. Every time I checked their batting line up, they had ONE real batsman, Yousuf. Now he's one, and Younis is going too. That leaves NO proper batsman.

Bangladesh would do better than them right now. Although their bowling is sometimes good. But those players should be banned for drugs, or infighting, or whatever soon by PCB.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 20:33 GMT)

I am very happy on yousaf decision...it will give place to young blood...i just hate selfish players like yousaf and younis...if we can bear pakistan losing games, we can also handle pakistan losing games in their absence...there is nothing to worry, pakistan young blood will do better inshaallah.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 20:18 GMT)

This is the demise of Pakistan Cricket! If we lose Yousuf than the batting will crumble. I hope Insha Allah T.A he changes his decision.No doubt he is the best batsman in Paksitan.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 20:13 GMT)

HE IS THE MAN WITH MOST DEDICATION AND PASSION TOWARDS CRICKET THROUGH OUT HIS CAREER.WHEN FANS HURT HIM THROUGH STONES HE GAVE REPLY WITH HIS BAT.WHICH EARNED HIM LOT OF FANS THROUGH OUT THE WORLD SAD,SO SAD THIS IS THE TIME TO GIVE A GRAND FELCITATION WHICH IS NOT POSSIBLE IN THE CURRENT SCENARIOS.

Posted by hit_n_win on (March 27, 2010, 19:55 GMT)

this is bad news for pak cricket.all best players quit when country need them,yousuf may think about that decision.we want to see him till world cup2011

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 19:31 GMT)

M. Yousuf mentored in life and cricket by Mr. Inzamam-ul haq.... so rather asking Yousuf these questions, i suggest we should ask Inzamam, why he thought yousuf should resign ?

Posted by NikhilPapad3 on (March 27, 2010, 19:31 GMT)

Why did he get indefinetly banned again? What the hell is pakistan cricket doing? Who is going to play now for them apart from the Akmal brothers, and Shahid Afridi? Mohammad Yousuf is the Gayle of Pakistan cricket, where will they go now?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 19:16 GMT)

A Legend He was and will Always remain. If only we could have big hearted people running the cricketing affairs. Hate the people running the PCB. Yousuf you are and will always remain a legend for our country. Love you and miss you.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 19:14 GMT)

Undoubtedly,Muhammad Yousuf has been the most successful player of this decade.Though not a gifted leader,but he is an outstanding batsman.His track record has been phenomenal-which could have been far better had he been handled with care.Now his decision decision to retire from the international cricket would leave such a void-in tests and one day sides- which could not be filled by any of the players.Thus it is the responsibility of PCB such a blessed player with prudence who could deliver unforgettables for them.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 19:11 GMT)

Undoubtedly,Muhammad Yousuf has been the most successful player of this decade.Though not a gifted leader,but he is an outstanding batsman.His track record has been phenomenal-which could have been far better had he been handled with care.Now his decision decision to retire from the international cricket would leave such a void-in tests and one day sides- which could not be filled by any of the players.Thus it is the responsibility of PCB such a blessed player with prudence who could deliver unforgettables for them.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 19:05 GMT)

Such a sad day to wake up a hear this news. He never was captain material, but god knows he could (and still can) bat. i cannot put into words(at least clean ones) how disgusted i am with PCB and all its incompetent idiots. they do not have the guts or brains to make correct and strong decisions but definitely know how to react to save their own Butts (pun intended) Mr. Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, stop acting like you dont owe Pakistan cricket fans. its about time you step up and take control of the institution you once made proud, stop wasting your time in the disgusting world of Pakistan politics.

Posted by Rajesh. on (March 27, 2010, 19:00 GMT)

For some reason or the other Mohammad Yousuf (a.k.a Yousuf Youhana) has always courted controversy.... right from his early days when he was supposed to have provoked the Calcutta crowd in a Test Match to many more unsavory incidents later in his career. So, in a way this is perhaps good for Pakistan Cricket though Yousuf has been one of their best batsmen over the years. He had this coming... Hope he sticks to his word this time at least........

Posted by Dhandev on (March 27, 2010, 18:38 GMT)

I think it was not Yousuf's decision to retire but the presuure and unstabability of the PCB FORCED HIM TO RETIRE. Pakistan has played well in the past but now they are without two great match winners: Yousuf and Younis Khan. Yousuf's retirement might also prompt Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik to head towrads retirement. PCB has destroyed Pakistan cricket. It will take loads of time for it to recover.

Posted by kdcricket on (March 27, 2010, 18:22 GMT)

With the retirement of Mohammed Yousuf, an era of Pakistan cricket has come to end. He ranks as one of the top batsmen of this decade alongside Sachin, Ricky and Lara. I will surely miss his elegant drives. I guess he was one of the very few artists in this age of power hitters. Just imagine, with Butt, Farhat, Afridi and Co. even Zimbabwe have got a chance against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 18:20 GMT)

Hats off to mohammad yousuf & a big thanks for his unforgetable efforts & contribution to pakistan cricket he will surely be missed at all levels of pakistan cricket ..i m sad that hez retiring before time but at the same time i m happy too for his timely decision of retiring because enough is enough the great player like him should'nt be treated the way pcb treated him in the past and doing so in present ..for any great player in the world like yousuf respect , hounor and dignity comes first . Age does not matter in cricket that has just proven by Sachin the great when board and country supports there player they become tendulker or else they end up like mohammad yousuf. Sorry yousuf bhai we could'nt give u the farewell u deserve , my best wishes r with u for ur future , Thanx for entertaining us with ur ultimate cricketing talent & i assure u that u will be heartly missed by the cricket lovers.

Posted by Majid.Khan on (March 27, 2010, 18:18 GMT)

I think this is the most sad day in the history of Pakistan cricket.Yousuf who brought great passion to Pakistan cricket .Who scored a lot of great knocks including the top cricketer of Pakistan to receive the ICC cricketer of the year award .I believe Yousuf is right in his decision .This is a huge embarrassment for the top people of PCB who never was a great cricket neither had any clue about cricket .Yousuf "Every one in the world recognize you "except these dumb management who just bulled Pak cricket " You are one of the top cricketer of history .

Posted by ManHOOS on (March 27, 2010, 18:03 GMT)

go old mn you are very good at your young age but now go home relax and chill thanks for your contribution to pakistan cricket

Posted by addiemanav on (March 27, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

how long will the retirement continue for yousuf??

Posted by sarosh_siddiqui on (March 27, 2010, 17:39 GMT)

It is really sad news, and this is because of BCP's incompetent management. We would like Yousuf and Younus to stay with the team till next tour of England. The BCP's chairman and all his team are the most failure management we have ever seen. Pakistan is keep losing talented players because of them.

Posted by Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on (March 27, 2010, 17:00 GMT)

though he says its not emotional,i believe he is retiring only due to frustration. i feel sorry for pakistani cricketers because their management (PCB) is the worst in cricket world. even zimbabwean board is better than pakistan.

Posted by AliMongol on (March 27, 2010, 17:00 GMT)

This is not a sad end, it is the beginning of the fall of most stupid cricket boards in history of the game alongwith naseem ashraf's. Totally politically motivated and incompetent Cricket Board, the players are being punished. The seed which was sown by musharraf of corruption in the game by appointing naseem ashraf is now a full plant in the form of ijaz butt again another non-sense outdated old man. He should leave himself, but he has got no respect so, it doesnt matter for him. The crap management in Australian tour, only players are punished. I didnt understand since last 10 years or so, what waseem bari is doing in the cricket board. Muhammad Yousaf is one of the best player in the history of game. The political crisis in the country and in the board has ruined his career. Still he is the best. He made very good decision to stay away from the politics involved. Why shoaib malik is not bannned forever? This is real corruption which is everywhere in Pakistan in Politics or Sports.

Posted by Shikhar_TheGreat on (March 27, 2010, 16:58 GMT)

The title could be easily misread. I read it as, "Mohammad Yousuf set on fire.' Cricinfo could do a better job at not causing unnecessary illusions.

Posted by Shikhar_TheGreat on (March 27, 2010, 16:53 GMT)

The title could be easily misread. I read it as, "Mohammad Yousuf set on fire.' Cricinfo could do a better job at not causing unnecessary illusions.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 16:52 GMT)

this is the bade new our country great batsmen out of the international match i am not support this decision ?

yousif i am miss you please continue game please yousif?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 16:48 GMT)

this is the bade new our country great batsmen out of the international match i am not support this decision ?

yousif i am miss you please continue game please yousif?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 16:36 GMT)

Well this is one of the better news I have heard about Pakistan cricket. I think selfish players like Mohammad Yousuf are better suited to other professions than being on the pitch playing team sports. Being a detrimental force in the dressing room that he was, I am really glad that he has made this decision. This might marginally salvage whatever was left of his pride. Mr. Yousuf I am sure will do a lot better in a mosque preaching and going on missions for 40 days. Sad that he couldn't be a dedicated professional for his team and not stand on pitches to save test matches in Australia even for a day. Having said that, good bye Mohammad Yousuf. You did provide us with some moments. Too bad you threw it all away with your unrefined personality, tantrums in the dressing room, clashes with the coach, infighting with the team and playing for yourself than for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 16:30 GMT)

Sad end, as usual to yet another great 'mis-managed' cricketer of Pakistan. PCB Thank very much......

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 16:28 GMT)

salam

In my opinion today is the funeral of Pakistani cricket!!!!!!!

The system where justice is nowhere....... there ends everything....

M. Yousuf is the greatest ever batsman of Pakistan.......

Ask foreign players and see how they respect M. YOusuf.

But we pakistani nation never respects anyone

we have given death sentence to our own leader ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO!!!! we are such type of liars.....

i am very sad ..... very sad today!!!!!

and surely with the passage of M. Yousuf Pakistani Cricket is dead.......

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 16:20 GMT)

A sad end to an illustrious career!! It is pity to lose such a prolific & stylish batsman in such a manner. It all speaks out how poor our cricketing management structure is and there is no hope for improvement either!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

this is the end of a great career and we also axpect a lot from afridi,u.akmal and kamran akaml and imran nazir

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 27, 2010, 15:49 GMT)

Sad, very sad but life goes on. I hope he continues to play otherwise. He's really a modern giant.

Posted by USMANYASIN on (March 27, 2010, 15:46 GMT)

I DONT KNOW WHY Mr. nvd999 LACKS SOME COMMON SENSE. NEVER EVER IN THE HISTORY OF CRICKET DOES A STAR EMERGED WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF SENIORS IN THE TEAM. TRY TO GET THE SIMPLE POINT. NO WAY CAN THE PCB HAVE A NEW STAR WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF AN EXISTING STAR. YOUSUF AND YOUNIS WERE ONLY THE TWO DEPENDABLE PLAYERS IN THE PAKISTAN TEST TEAM AND THATS IT. I RECOMMEND YOU GUYS TO PLEASE WATCH THE LAST TEST MATCH OF THE PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM AS THEY WILL SURELY BE CRUSHED THIS SUMMER BY THE SUPERIOR ENGLAND TEAM. GET YOUR POPCORNS READY FOR WATCHING THE HISTORY.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 15:26 GMT)

I think PAKISTAN dont deserve such stars, it happened always that a star is brought down to earth in an barbaric way eg: Imran, Wasim, Javaid, Zaheer, Inzi,Waqar nobody was given an good farewell com'n guys wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 15:23 GMT)

Yusuf has played an important role in the cricket world especially he was the backbone of Pakistan cricket. He along with Inzi and Yunus have played great innings. After his departure I believe there will be a black hole in the Pakistan mid-order. We have not been able to find any player having temperament that Yusuf, Inzi and Yunus had.

Posted by loveall on (March 27, 2010, 15:14 GMT)

M. Yousuf as was very high class TEST player and he will be missed in test matches in summer. He used to accumulate runs at a good pace. From Pakistan list of players he will be top few greats we had. He had no place in T20 and possibly not in ODI as well. Like all human (more so in Pakistan) money was his problem as well.I feel sorry for him he was so good in his game but he has brought his own down fall, he was never a captain material and should not have killed his career for this reason.I don't know why there is so much issue of Captaincy in Pakistan. When are we going grow up and learn from Eng(Cook&Straus), Ind(Dhoni), SA(Simth), NZ(Lee Germon, Fleming and Ross Taylor) there is no junior senior issue in these counties who ever is appointed is backed up by all. Of course there is lot of difference in management, discipline, and PCB has collected so much garbage in its ranks. There is unlimited supply of player politics, favoritism, nepotism, regionalism,

Posted by hassaanster on (March 27, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

contd.

It is also said that he wasnt too pleased when younis khan dropped him from the 3rd odi against Nz the reason being his poor fielding...and this was yousuf's response " Ive been fielding like this for the past 10 yrs"....

then during the hobart test...criticises a fellow player(salman butt) for being slow between the wickets...the very next day salman butt scored a century something which he failed to do in all the games that he played on that australian tour...

PCB did the right thing by banning him from all forms of cricket...he deserves all this...and he has only himself to blame for all this that has happened...unfortunately pak's cricket has also suffered at the same time cos of the unprofessional approach most ov these senior players have had towards this game.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

its good seniors taking steps like these specially when it becomes an inability of them making decisions...will be duly missed but its important for the sake of discipline to show these type of bold steps to be taken

Posted by hassaanster on (March 27, 2010, 15:01 GMT)

Thank God!..finally it has happened...mohammad yousuf for the past couple of years has been the one responsible for the team conflicts....im pretty sure he wanted to lead the side after the younis turned down the captaincy in 2007 and im sure he wasnt too pleased when malik was chosen as inzi's successor. He PUBLICLY accused malik of not giving him the respect he deserves and threatened the board that he would join ICL if not selected for the T20 world cup which he later did and got away with without being punished.

ive heard him say this a no. of times and im sure others have too..."Pakistan's captain must be pakistan's best player and only then will I accept him as captain"...he said this again after Pakistan's disastrous tour down under when he was held responsible for pakistan's whitewash in all 3 forms..this kind of attitude is not acceptable....who gave him to right to decide that...

contd.

Posted by Acton49 on (March 27, 2010, 14:56 GMT)

So now we will have 6 test without our best test players for the tour of England. What happened in Australia was not that bad as far as Test was concerned. If we have held on our catches, the outcome would have been different. But to say that we should have hold our head in shame is wrong. Inthe 1st test five catches put down by Pakistan we were chasing 421 and were 170-3 going into 5th day and only 251 to get, and in the first over it became 170-5. PCB then made the ultimate mistake. the request to have Younis for 2nd Test was declined. 2nd test - Aus dismissed for 127. We took the lead and the lead was 80 with 2 wicket. But for the four dropped catches? We would be chasing no more than 110. 3rd Test when Pointing dropped on 0 resulting in 200 from that player. Without Yousef and Younis the Pakistan team will bee blown away, people talk about Afrid as the saviour of the Pakistan cricket. The player will not comand a place in any test cricket nation after so many failures.

Posted by adam220202 on (March 27, 2010, 14:54 GMT)

How can anyone who says he is a Pak fan criticise Yusuf? What planet are you on?

Malik, Butt, Farhat..............need I say anymore? These useless players of no international merit are chosen so often when they have consistently done nothing, yet people still go on about how they should be captains or regular players.

They are all appalling.

Yusuf and Younis are the only two players we have of international standing. You ask cricket fans around the world and they are the only players who are mentioned as world class.

Sure Afridi is a character and Asif has great skill with the ball, but the two Y's are the only players other teams fear and admire.

When you mention Malik, Farhat, Butt, Iqbal etc. other fans simply start laughing or shaking their heads saying Pak cricket is in dire straits!

The PCB need to be disbanded. Useless no marks like Butt, Ashraf etc. should never run any org, let alone cricket.

Pak are in a terrible state. So much so that we may not recover in ages

Posted by Acton49 on (March 27, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

So now we will have 6 test without our best test players for the tour of England. What happened in Australia was not that bad as far as Test was concerned. If we have held on our catches, the outcome would have been different. But to say that we should have hold our head in shame is wrong. Inthe 1st test five catches put down by Pakistan we were chasing 421 and were 170-3 going into 5th day and only 251 to get, and in the first over it became 170-5. PCB then made the ultimate mistake. the request to have Younis for 2nd Test was declined. 2nd test - Aus dismissed for 127. We took the lead and the lead was 80 with 2 wicket. But for the four dropped catches? We would be chasing no more than 110. 3rd Test when Pointing dropped on 0 resulting in 200 from that player. Without Yousef and Younis the Pakistan team will bee blown away, people talk about Afrid as the saviour of the Pakistan cricket. The player will not comand a place in a any test cricket nation after so many failures.

Posted by adam220202 on (March 27, 2010, 14:46 GMT)

I have to say I am deeply saddened at the impending retirement of one of only 2 great batsmen that we have. Yusuf along with Younis are the only 2 players who consistantly scored runs. The fact that the board allowed a complete non entity in Shoaib Malik to undermine our two best players for the last few years is a disgrace. Yusuf and probably Younis will leave and we will miss them so so badly.

How can a useless no mark like Malik be allowed to cause so much problems within the side and yet still be picked on the back of non performances for years. Get rid of him forever.

But of course this corrupt useless disgrace of a board banned indefinitely our only two quality batsmen and gave that rubbish Malik a years ban.

The board needs to be dismissed. Players like Malik, Butt and the equally inept Farhat removed from the line up forever. These 3 players have more 'uncles' on the board and hence they play for Pak when more talented cricketers are ignored.

Yusuf-tell the PCB to do one!

Posted by suhelklose on (March 27, 2010, 14:31 GMT)

No way... There is a lot of cricket remaining in Yusuf... WC is near, Yousuf should be wait for a year....

Posted by fato on (March 27, 2010, 14:26 GMT)

shame on pakistan cricket.i think he is one of the greatest pakistani playersand he deserved a better send off.to much of politics in pakistan cricket.the entire board should retire.

Posted by humsa on (March 27, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

Every good Cricketer has to go one day, but not this way , when there was so called ban imposed, that is truely very sad, as he is back bone of current pakistan team., without him and younis khan how the time will play 7 tests at other soil, when others know only limited over format, He shud revese his decision, as Pakistan needs him, and shud play for pakistan as the cricket in Pakistan is already in crisces

Posted by DinakarAppaji on (March 27, 2010, 13:58 GMT)

I think it's a big pity that talented team like Pakistan has these kind of infighting issues all over. Otherwise - there is no explanation for not channelising the talent that yousuf had towards the better team results. I know not many would love this - but all young players across the subcontinent had to learn a great deal from Sachin. He has always channelized his frustrations towards scoring more and more runs. Big example is his troubles with Azhar during the match fixing days when he was not seeing eye-to-eye with captain but always was the best performer for the team.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

Well after world cup he has to retire he did it before it I think he made a rite move people say we don't have any replacement they are rite but remember Pakistan has talent and it's a matter of time we would have a replacement the moved PCB made was good against those players who was involve in some thing nothing is bigger than a game and nothing is bigger than a country

Posted by zaheerthetop on (March 27, 2010, 13:41 GMT)

I THINK ONLE Ejaz Butt should retire or he should put in jail, Because he is the culprit behind all this.He destroy the carreer of Shoaib Akhtat now Yusuf

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 13:38 GMT)

A sad end to a great career. Alongwith Hanif, Zaheer, MIandad, Inzamam one of Pakistan's greatest batsman of all time

Posted by adilis4u on (March 27, 2010, 13:38 GMT)

My feelings to this post are postive and negative. As far as Yousuf is concerned i think its a good decision to retire because his records since past two years indicate that he has been doing nothing for the pakistan cricket. He was given a good chance for captaining the side although it seemed to be plotted that the board may be turning down a few of the big names from the team. But being a senior member of the team he should've managed to perform his duty no matter the conflicts with Shoaib Malik. He could've saved the mathces upon his performance but it seemed like he was totally out of shape to play for Pakistan. On the other hand the PCB has been the most corrupt board who has thrown their reponsiblities on the shoulders of others and blaming a few of the key members of the teams. Everythings seems to be so confused...a player fined for missbehaving in a match (Shahid Afridi) and then praised with presidency reward and captancy wow...it happens only in Pakistan. Shame on PCB

Posted by Abdul.Moiz on (March 27, 2010, 13:29 GMT)

Use to love watching him playing in the White Angelic Kit, In Test Series he was the best player according to me, He was greater partner to the Big Man (InZ) He will be really missed, He doesn't have much hopes left 36 of age, Indefinite he can't even wait more, I definitely think he will be called from English County or Aussie First Class Cricket, He shouldn't have been banned from Test Cricket and should have been given responsibility to only play test and captain it up, Pakistan Current teams is (so called) powerful in just (T20) the so called cricket form. When Pakistan Travel British Land it would be really hard to play 7 Tests (3 Against Aus & 4 Against Eng) with such shaky team..

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 13:22 GMT)

Sad news not because he has decided to retire sad for Paksitan that we will loose a formidable middle order batsman.... but i guess enough is enough its about time that this decision should be taken and he should stick by his decision not to be found later on that he's taken back his retirement. Very talented batsmen he was yes!! but he dismentled his carrer all by himself and no one else is to be blamed for this apart from him.

Posted by innocent_sinner on (March 27, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

A man who has contributed to Pakistani cricket greatly over many years did not deserve the treatment he got. And to be ending his career in such a manner is heartbreaking. Mohammad Yousaf, you will be missed by Pakistan now and the years to come. I commend your performances on the field and you as a person. You were great.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 13:12 GMT)

Im sri lankan and i think he is the main batsmen in the paki lineup,all the others are just inconsistent!!its a shame to see these players getting retired before there time.. PCB is the worst cricketing boards iv ever seen.. jus like yousuf, i think many will follow soon!!!Such a shame!!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 13:06 GMT)

it' s very sad that a player of Youssuf callibre is leaving cricket in this way. Shame on you PCB of losing such a great player who has been the best along Inzi bhai for the last decade, and with big series in England and against Australia and their tour to S. Africa Pakistan cricket is going to get very bad. If you see Pakistan records it's been a big lack from a batting point of view and kicking Youssuf out it's going to be really hard now to win even a single test match. forget it, Pakistan cricket will be dead from the day Youssuf will announce his retitrement.

Posted by Jhammatian on (March 27, 2010, 13:06 GMT)

When PCB doesn't gives him respect,which he deserves, Then it is a good decision to leave PCB.....

Posted by amico_pk on (March 27, 2010, 13:02 GMT)

SHAIB MALIK is only responsibile of all matters and EJAZ BUTT is supporting him as both are from Sialkot, he should throw out from Pakistan team.

Posted by mullick7 on (March 27, 2010, 12:51 GMT)

It is disheartening.He was made BALI KA BAKRA due to exceptionally poorly managed Australian tour.It is a matter of great sorrow to see such a talented cricketer ruined by politics.I greatly admire the management of IPL the opposite of PCB.Dr.Mullick Jeddah.KSA.

Posted by nvd999 on (March 27, 2010, 12:51 GMT)

with due respect to all my mates i just wana say is yousuf is greater than a game.... surely not, pakistan cricket need to take some stong decisions to put there cricket on right path.i totaly agree with PCB when players start to play by themself and not for team and show the there power in team they must be treated like this...examples of andrew symend is in front of us... pakistan always produce some exciting talent there should be some one waiting in list to become there best batsman in test.... good bye yousuf you desrve it

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 12:43 GMT)

Decision is so sad. But now we have number of other players to full fill his replacement. I really believe that we have to first play of our country. And perform according to the situation.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 12:41 GMT)

gud decision....PCB shud hav given him the respect he deserves....tho its really bad thing for pakistan cricket, loss of great batsmen. : /

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 12:39 GMT)

ill just say salam to him, its better for him to retire because he is not getting what he did for pakistan but taunting and allegations and hearing , etc. he is the finiest batsman of the world and he would be.......

Posted by allblue on (March 27, 2010, 12:39 GMT)

As a cricket lover I find the state of Pakistan cricket to be utterly depressing. When I think of the players I have had the good fortune to see over the years - Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir, Wasim and Waqar... Some of the best players ever to grace the game, but now it just seems to all be in a state of shambles. I don't pretend to know the ins and outs, and politics behind it all, but I do know that world cricket needs a strong Pakistan but instead it all seems to be falling apart. It is all such a terrible shame.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 12:38 GMT)

ill just say salam to him, its better for him to retire because he is not getting what he did for pakistan but taunting and allegations and hearing , etc. he is the finiest batsman of the world and he would be.......

Posted by zikria on (March 27, 2010, 12:34 GMT)

If I say PCB is a talent killer, its true. See the example how they are treating with the great players like Javed Miadad, Inzimam Ul Haq, now Mohammed Yousuf. Also they did this to Saqlain Mustaq great off spinner, all the spinners of his time created the world record like Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Murlitharan etc, see now all the world cricket boards wants the services of coaching from Saqlain except PCB.

They are giving the chances to some bunch of players always even when they fail and dropping the talented players if they fails in one or two innings.

Posted by ssm2407 on (March 27, 2010, 12:33 GMT)

Wat Im gonna say may seem controversial but I'll say it anyway. To me Yusuf has always come across as a choker. He may have scored mountains of flat track bully runs, but how many of them have come in a tight situation when Pakistan have really desperately needed them ? The answer is very few if any - I am struggling to think of any genuine match winning inns he has played. And to be honest this impending announcement seems entirely within his charactor, in that when the going gets tough, rather than showing a lead or making a stand, he is one of the first to go cowering into a corner. For an experienced campaigner, his captaincy down under recently was simply abysmal, showing up serious charactor as well as tactical flaws. His retirement may hurt Pakistan intially, but may in the long term be beneficial

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 12:30 GMT)

I think his career was over long ago!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 12:25 GMT)

Yousuf has not been good in Test matches since 2007. His ODI form was on the wane too.

Younis Khan needs to wake up and realize that he is now the core of the Pakistan team, and as such, he needs to shoulder the responsibility and lead the team. He needs to be the experienced leader that Afridi, Butt, Asif, Kaneria and K Akmal can follow, and youngsters like U Akmal, Aamer, and others can follow.

Posted by Nasir_Mahmood_Malik on (March 27, 2010, 12:13 GMT)

Shame on PCB. It is unfortunate that inspite of continued widespread demand of cricket lovers for sacking PCB chairman, he is still holding his place tightly. The current state of Pakistani cricket is due to mismanagement and incompetence of PCB and appointed team officials. Top players are being made scapegoats, and nobody can do anything about it. I agree this may well be end of Pakistan in tests.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

what a pity. one of the great batsmen of the 2000s, and he won't be remembered for it. in his heyday a few years ago he was far-and-away the best in the world. sad.

Posted by wanderer1 on (March 27, 2010, 12:03 GMT)

I feel sorry for the way that he has been treated by cricket at large, PCB, ICL, IPL, wider community since the 2007 World Cup.

He still has plenty to give in the Test arena and this is disappointing. A very nice man to boot, unfortunately playing at a time when nice men tend to get the short end. All the best. I hope the PCB is gracious enough to give him a testimonial or some adequate send off.

Posted by qasimkhan on (March 27, 2010, 12:00 GMT)

PCB Should finish his ban, announce his salary in A package or let the public gives evidence of the ban. He will also question the same in Monday press-conference anyway. Pakistan cricket in this turmoil just because of PCB. As Pakistan instable Govt. changes, PCB whole structure changes from top to bottom, including captain and team. Players like Shoaib Malik should not had been made captain in first place as he brought this indifference and infighting into the team. when someone else is made captain he starts creating groups within team, you could see the same behaviour being copied by young Akmal when his brother was dropped from last test in Australia. Respect for senior players should be always maintained, even a junior is made a captain as long-term stretegy. I think this was not spotted by PCB in first place. The simple solution would have been, punished Shoiab Malik earlier. I am sure without the two Y`s ,Pakistan will lose all six tests in England this summer.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 11:57 GMT)

WELL DONE YOUSUF YOU A GREAT ABBASADOR FOR ISLAAM ,AND CRICKET. MAY THE ALL MIGHTY FULLFILL ALL YOUR DREAMS AND KEEP YOU STEADFAST, YOU ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST BATSMEN, ALWAYZ LIKED WATCHING YOU BAT

Posted by Naveed on (March 27, 2010, 11:54 GMT)

Allah Hafiz Yousuf bhai, this is a good decision for yourself but bad decision for Pakistan cricket, nevertheless every greaty player has to retire some day. But it is a shame how badly PCB treated such a great player. You will always be remembered alongside Javed Mianda and Inzamamul Haq. It is hard to find a replacement of such a great player.

Posted by zain.ul.abideen on (March 27, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

THANK YOU MUHAMMAD YOUSAF! FOR ALL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO PAKISTAN CRICKET, PAKISTANI PEOPLE ARE MORE PROUD OF PAKISTAN CRICKET BECAUSE OF YOU!

YOU ARE NOT IN THE PAKISTANI TEAM BECAUSE PCB AND WE DONT DESERVE YOU. YOU ARE TOO GOOD FOR THEM AND FOR US.

WHY DO HONEST SIMPLE DEDICATED MEN LIKE HIM ARE LEFT ALONE AND GET VICTIMIZED AND SCHEMING CHEATING UNTALENTED LOWLIFE ALWAYS GROUP TOGETHER TO PROTECT EACH OTHER"S ASSES, E.G. SHOAIB MALIK AND YAWAR SAEED. BUT THOSE LOW LIVES NEVER CAN GET THE RESPECT OF THE PPL AND THEM SELVES. WHERE AS YOUSAF WILL BE RESPECTED AND APPLAUDED FOR DECADES TO COME.

YOUSAF WE ARE WITH YOU! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Posted by kaushiq on (March 27, 2010, 11:47 GMT)

when was the last time that a pakistan super hero got a formal farewell?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 11:44 GMT)

yousuff shud quit from T20 & 50 over game but i beleive he still cud play for good one or two years at the test level based on his fitness.

Posted by KaleemMalik on (March 27, 2010, 11:38 GMT)

No doubt abt his abilities bt his attitude is irresposible. Yousuf did that twice in the past n then took his back:) I expect him to do the same

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 11:38 GMT)

very shame........PCB this is not fare. yusaf is the great bastman from pakistan

Posted by cricdear on (March 27, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

Adios! to Yousuf. it is so sad that Yousuf a real class a very sad ending. I am a very good fan of yousuf. You are in the league of Dravid,Martyn,Jayawardene and with the cool and calm you pace your innings i love that. A cover drive you play with the ease i think you make it so easy that i love to see that.. We miss your class and touch.

Posted by FineStar on (March 27, 2010, 11:30 GMT)

Mohammad Yousaf is the greatest bastman which pakistan ever produced ,great bastman deserve some special treatment like Sachin have in India, unfortunately we did not give respect what he deserve and PCB is the worse admisintration in cricket history of pakistan.lot of records belong to Mohammad yousaf , he has been player of year ,he is the real star of pakistan cricket .one by one we are losing our star.....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 11:29 GMT)

wow....are we that lucky that yousef is finally retiring??? Pls yousef at least this time do not reverse your decision...... trust me no one needs you except tablighi jamat.

Bye bye and have fun......

Posted by abidselfi on (March 27, 2010, 11:27 GMT)

so sad, he is one of the classical batsman for all three format of cricket. Good bye Yusuf

Posted by gitapat on (March 27, 2010, 11:26 GMT)

The retirement of Yousuf is caused by sheer mismanagement by the Pakistan Cricket Board.If players like Yousuf and Younis Khan had played for India,they would have gone to become another Tendulkar or Dravid.PCB is typical of Pakistan-lack of professionalism.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 11:20 GMT)

I WAS JUST GOING THPRUGH RECORDS ND YOUSUF WAS DA 3RD BEST BATSMAN PAK HAS EVER PRODUCED AFTER INZI & MIANDAD.... but he cud have done much better had he played more.... even inzi was forced 2 quit nd even he is forced 2 quit..

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 11:17 GMT)

Muhammad Yousef is the best performer in Pakistan test history, scored 7431 runs with an average above 53 runs with 23 hundreds in just 88 games. PCB used the same old strategy to get rid of senior players, as did with Ramiz and others. If you give a responsibility to someone to lead, when no one ready to lead; then captain expect their support. Unfortunately Pakistan cricket team ranking is worst in last 50 years, we are No 7 in both one days and test cricket. Muhammad Yousef is the only batsman who remained in top 10 ranking in last three-four years. He has the potential to play cricket at least more than 3 years. He made the right decision to not play on dirty pitches where the dust coming from PCB, and bouncers from his team mates, even he is not allowed to use his body protectors. Good luck Muhhammad Yousef, you made two big decisions in your life one was in 2006; we are really proud of you.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 27, 2010, 11:17 GMT)

The saddest news to date. :(

I don't mind the ban on Younis but not Yousuf because he always performed consistently, whilst Younis was on and off.

I salute you Mr. Yousuf.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

Muhammad Yousef is the best performer in Pakistan test history, scored 7431 runs with an average above 53 runs with 23 hundreds in just 88 games. PCB used the same old strategy to get rid of senior players, as did with Ramiz and others. If you give a responsibility to someone to lead, when no one ready to lead; then captain expect their support. Unfortunately Pakistan cricket team current ranking is worst in last 50 years, we are No 7 in both one days and test cricket. Muhammad Yousef is the only batsman who remained in top 10 ranking in last three-four years. He has the potential to play cricket at least more than 3 years. He made the right decision to not play on dirty pitches where the dust coming from PCB, and bouncers from his team mates, even he is not allowed to use his body protectors. Good luck Muhhammad Yousef, you made two big decisions in your life one was in 2006; we are really proud of you. Shame to PCB

Posted by Crackterz on (March 27, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

The PCB Gurus are responsible for Mohd. Yousuf's retirement, the way they were behaving with their most respectable players have seen in recent past, Oh GOD what's going on in PCB nowadays, who ever comes he destroys the value of Pakistan cricket, do not discriminate great players, You PCB just discovered another will be gilttering star Umer Akmal in ten years right after Mohammad Yousuf. what else we can expect from you, the system and structure of Cricket went down and down day by day and the current situation is crystal clear, How can you discover Cricketers while taking hell fifteen years of searching a regular opener. No stadiums, No Grounds, i have seen great players ruining their skills in streets. For GOD sake please think seriously be like professional, respect great player lilke Yousuf whois averaging 50 plus in Test and 40 plus in ODi's.

Posted by ArjunDhir on (March 27, 2010, 11:06 GMT)

What have you done PCB? M. Yousuf was one of the great batsman of world cricket & Pakistan's best batsmen out of the the very ordinary current crop. A batsman who averages 50+ is not born everyday in world cricket leave alone in Pakistan! Pakistan has lost theservices of a great player, & if Pakistan cricket needs to become a force again then they needed the services of Yousuf & Younus, especially against england in england!

Pakistan you have lost a great servant, & the game a player of the highest pedigree, thanks for the entertainment Mo!!!

Posted by st7091 on (March 27, 2010, 11:03 GMT)

It is bad for Pakistan's Test Cricket.

Posted by AAcif on (March 27, 2010, 11:00 GMT)

PLZ PLZ PLZ MUHAMMAD YOUSUF DONT DO THT ...u r best batsman in pak team....shoaib malik does nt have skills like u....plz dont do tht i m big fan of yours

Posted by Usman12784 on (March 27, 2010, 10:57 GMT)

i am proud on yousuf he is good player and every one hav to leave one day

Posted by Morfi on (March 27, 2010, 10:56 GMT)

Yousuf must be stopped!!!! PCB should wake up. 2 wrongs dont make a right. While I think Yousuf IS taking an emotional decision even though he says he is not, he shd have appealed like Younis and the ban would be overturned - or am I too naive?? Anyway, Yousuf and Younis both should be brought in to the team. Both to one-dayers and Test matches. The captaincy remains and issue and can be sorted out later. How many careers has PCB destroyed already and how many does it aim to destroy by its mismanagement!! The timing of the bans and the nature of their application is sooooo wrong.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 10:55 GMT)

oh and by the way PCB made the absoulte correct decision to ban him and yonus. they are both finished. yonus cant score runs against a club side, check his recent record.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 10:53 GMT)

I think what everyone needs to understand is the Yousuf WAS a great batsmen. his skills have clearly diminished after the year he spen in the ICL. I loved his style of play but we need to realise that he is, unfourtunately, past it. same goes for yonus. So lets behind our young blood.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 10:53 GMT)

I think what everyone needs to understand is the Yousuf WAS a great batsmen. his skills have clearly diminished after the year he spen in the ICL. I loved his style of play but we need to realise that he is, unfourtunately, past it. same goes for yonus. So lets behind our young blood.

Posted by Ganes.V on (March 27, 2010, 10:51 GMT)

Its so sad that Pakistan is letting this happen. He is one of the most consistent middle order bat and any team would love to have one like him. I am sure many International teams are going to be very happy (even if they dont express it) with this decision and the only loser is Pak cricket as a country! Even if there are differences of opinion within team mates, it should not be made public and should be resolved within the team. One series as a captain should not determine his capability and should have given more opportunities. When things were going well under Younis Khan why did he quit captaincy?Just because he lost a series? After Inzy,Younis Khan was doing well and the team was just gelling together! lots of things to be looked into and time for an introspection from each one in the team I think! Spoiling the future of Paki Cricket is not an answer to this.Yes there are able players who are young but they nbeed experienced people to guide them before they start.Think pls! GVI

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 10:23 GMT)

he shud be given a proper send off atleast !! One more in the list of senior players getting retired widout a proper send off !!

Posted by mesmarizer on (March 27, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

Did ever PCB wondered why we haven't got solid openers after Saeed/Amair ... because they got rid of Saeed when the juniors should have been getting tips from him .. Now with Younus/Yousuf and Inzi gone .. Good luck middle order as well .. it gona take Pakistan a decade to be in top 5 in test at least ..

Posted by chawlaaaa on (March 27, 2010, 10:17 GMT)

Its a sad sad end to a master stroke player. Another victim of PCBs idiot administration. IJAZ Butt and Co should be sacked. He was the only player who when came on crease in Australia played nice shots (was unfortunate to not score) but he was kept out of side for long. He is the only class batsman in team whom you can compare to likes Sachin, Dravid, Kalis, Ponting and KP. I cant believe they are getting rid of the best they have in such an ugly way

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 10:07 GMT)

so sad it willbe good for him but willbe bad for pakistan as he is the only key player in test cricket beside younas,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by alamshahbaz on (March 27, 2010, 10:07 GMT)

this is Muhammad Shahbaz from Sahiwal, Pakistan

Only Board Chairman has to bleme for the resign of Yousaf. He is not fit for the job. Whenever any pressure comes he made the players escape goat and save himself as he had done now. When a person has been order to become captain then why he has been punished. Plz Mr. Butt resign in order to save our cricket. Yousaf must be stopped from retirement.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 10:00 GMT)

its a real shame that he has decided to end his remarkable career.pakistan did not need this when their cricketing world is in such a turmoil.

Posted by IRAJ on (March 27, 2010, 9:52 GMT)

SHAME ON PCB... go find sumone like him...

:'(

Posted by asaduzzaman-khan on (March 27, 2010, 9:49 GMT)

As a cricket fan, we are going to miss one of the best batsman over the last decade. Yousuf was a complete and the most reliable batsman of Pakistan after Inzamam. However, I think, this is a good decision from him. The legendary batsman should not be treated in such way by the board. I don't know, what happens to the cricket board officials of this subcontinent! They make a good farewell to the great cricketers for a very few time!!! Is it possible to Pak cricket to make replacement of Inzamam or Yousuf? We have no answers. Good bye great batsman of the game, good bye Yousuf.

Posted by indicricket on (March 27, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

If he does retire it will be a huge loss cricket in general and Pakistani cricket in particular. He is one of the classiest batsman of the modern game.

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (March 27, 2010, 9:45 GMT)

A very sad news for Pakistan. He can still contribute another two years atleast as a batsman. We should have respected him. PCB should be blamed for this as they should have supported their captain and punished all those who didnt cooperate with him on Austrailian tour but instead took the most stupid decision of banning their captain. If there was a problem during Younis's tenure, so we were told, he shouldnt be Captain in the frst place. But after he is appointed he should have been backed. I believe that his captaincy wasnt too bad either. If we take dropped catches and mindless batting in to account, his captaincy may break even with that of Pointing. Lets suppose Ricky Pointing was our captain on our Austrailian tour, what could he has done with so many catches dropped and the way our batsmen played? Not to mention his own form was even worse only to be helped by a simple catch dropped in the last test. We should start respecting our heroes now!!!

Posted by syedusman on (March 27, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

ooooh GOD Mohd. Yousaf will be missed alot with the England series... his last performance at england can never be forgotten. I hope Ijaz butt starts thinking with his mind rather than his last name

Posted by saady on (March 27, 2010, 9:38 GMT)

Welll this thing will always happen if the Pakistan board will treat players like this, specially player like Mohammad Yousuf .. I fell this should not happen because it will effect Pakistan Cricket more then anyone else .... PCB should slove this matter....

Posted by Bearded_Lefty on (March 27, 2010, 9:33 GMT)

Younis Khan is a fine player and can come and bat for Essex any time he likes

Posted by W350 on (March 27, 2010, 9:31 GMT)

Sad state of affairs.....looks like Pak cricket is going down n down....this guy is the best batsman they have and god knows what test results they gonna get without him in the team....The board behaves as if it handling some school cricket team!!!

Posted by cricinformer on (March 27, 2010, 9:30 GMT)

Shame on PCB. Mohammed Yousuf is a National Hero and a hero don't deserve such treatment. Shame on ijaz BUTT, shame on wasim bari, shame on all the idiots in PCB and a million times shame on shoaib malik.

Posted by arvinkvenkat007 on (March 27, 2010, 9:29 GMT)

get ready to now see most of the young crickets in the PAK team with a full beard as thats what he will try and do once he stops playing cricket.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 9:28 GMT)

Ohhhhh!!!! its really said if yousaf going to quit he really need to Test and ODI formate.....As Pakistan going to play Test against England and Australia in August...if yousad nt available then whoz in mid-el oder???????????????????????? Mr.Mohsin cheif slector give statment to media he going to find new talent for coming test series... i though its not possible in 4 month......

Posted by _Dev on (March 27, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

It's sad to see such a classy performer leaving the field. He has been most underrated player for Pakistan. Having average in 50s in a span of such long career is definitely outstanding. Who's responsible for loss of such player? Answer is quite simple, it the PCB. Hope they learn few lessons when they play against England and lose badly and value such solid player. The day us not too far when they won't have anybody to lead the side. If he announces the retirement, I m sure that he's not going to get any big reception that we saw when inzamam retired. It's pity. We will miss you, hope to see you play somewhere sometime....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

ya same old pak player story one day retire and in six months a comeback

Posted by abu-huzaifah on (March 27, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

This is the beginning of the end for Pakistan test cricket...The way how our greatest test batsmen have been treated is typical Pakistani disgracefull tridition. First Javed, then Inzi and now Yousuf (again), all were forced to retire after making their life difficult in the game. This is absolutely pethatic and unacceptable from Pakistan cricket management. I have lost all interest in Pakistan cricket and would not even bother to follow it any more.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 9:26 GMT)

ya same old pak player story one day retire and in six months a comeback

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 27, 2010, 9:25 GMT)

Thank you Yousuf,you were a great batsman for Pakistan and your services will be dearly missed by them...

PCB has in-definitely banned its two best batsmen and they will regret it.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 9:18 GMT)

Yousaf should not quit because he is the best batsman in the current team and Pakistan needs him in the upcoming England tour.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

Another victim....

Posted by h4haseeb on (March 27, 2010, 9:10 GMT)

i think that will be an emotional decision, Yousaf can play till 2011 world cup, and we need his services not only in Tests but also in ODIs, but this is not the right way to protest by announcing the retirement, Yousaf should have consider the other options to show the board's non cooperative attitude... anyways he will remain in the memories of Pakistan Cricket fans for a long long time, even if he decide to retire.. but we don't want to see him retiring from international cricket, we want to see him back in the Paksitani cricket team squad :(

Posted by merwtheperv on (March 27, 2010, 9:08 GMT)

oh who cares? pakistan cricket is a laughing stock..guaranteed to give u comic relief every couple of months..having said that, they'll probably go to win the 2020 world cup

Posted by beaman on (March 27, 2010, 8:54 GMT)

The experience of Muhammad Yousuf gonna be miss by Team PAKISTAN in England. Younus AND Yousuf both are heroes of Pak Cricket.

Posted by rockiniboepip on (March 27, 2010, 8:50 GMT)

What a waste of a great talent

Posted by tuhiny on (March 27, 2010, 8:49 GMT)

Undoubtedly it will be sad to see Yousuf the batsman go. He was a pleasure to watch. But the punishment was just. I would of liked the Pakistan national team banned from all forms of cricket, until they learn to behave like cricketers.

Posted by rookie4u on (March 27, 2010, 8:48 GMT)

This decision is really not a big surprise as it was due for some time. I think Yusuf should have left Pakistan long back and tried to get into a different country like England. There is no point hanging around in such a place. Talents like Yusuf, Inzi, Younis, Waqar, Wasim, Shoaib and so many others were just wasted because of poor administration of PCB. Unfortunately, Pakistan never ever played with complete strength. They always had some or other problems and like everyone I would directly blame the administration. Somewhere down the line their behaviour had been partial with a lot of players. Every now and then they had a new captain and never did they let anyone settle down. What a big shame that Yousufand others did not play as much as they would have liked to during their prime form. PCB should have learned a few things from other boards. Its too late though :(

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 8:46 GMT)

I think pakaistan board is too harsh to him.Any way he is the most technical sound batsman in pakistan today.wish him good luck .

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 8:39 GMT)

A sad ending to a great career. Disappointed but fully understand his position.There was no more room for him to manouevre.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

vry gud decision,,,now it's time 4 younis khan n the so called shoaib akhtar 2 follow in his foot steps:((

Posted by imtiaz-jamal on (March 27, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

This is pakistan bhai....., if you treat with your HEROES like that, this kind of decitions are must. without Yousaf , Younis , Shoaib Malik , Shoaib Akhtar , i see Pakistan team number 10 in test & ODI.I am a pakistani but what do we can do. this pakistan hai bhai this is pakistan any think can happenein this country.

Posted by shamz007 on (March 27, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

pak cricket set to plunge into more uncertainty...yousuf was easily the classiest batsman pakistan have had in the last 20 years...especially considering the bowling he faced during his time....easily in the top 10 batsmen worldwide in the last 10 years or so...you pak fans can only blame the PCB again for this!!

Posted by Rev0408 on (March 27, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

Yousuf's retirement will be a sad day for Pakistan cricket, and yet another step backwards. What I don't understand is why the punishments were so harsh. Yes, Pakistan did not perform well. Yes, there was friction within the camp. But they took a pretty average side to play against the Australians, in Australia! If you look at the matchups, there were only a couple of players in the Pakistani side who were at the level of the Australians. Salman Butt was the only player to average above 40 and his running was poor. Umar Akmal is one for the future, as is Aamer, but Asif was the only bowler who could truly be proud of his achievement. All in all I hope things are sorted by the time Pakistan are in the UK or it could be another nail in the coffin.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 8:25 GMT)

Good riddance. He was a great batsman with poor ethics.

Posted by Promeet on (March 27, 2010, 8:15 GMT)

What a waste of real talent! I am an Indian supporter but there are real class players out there who play for other countries and Yousuf is one of them. A sad moment for international cricket.

Posted by hariglobal on (March 27, 2010, 8:15 GMT)

adieu yousuf -one of my all time favourite players... Wonder what the test team will do without him

Posted by Lakpj on (March 27, 2010, 8:09 GMT)

it is a pitty, already struggling Pak team would get into more trouble without Yousuf. Pak Cricket board didn't threat him well.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 8:08 GMT)

Its quite a shame for Pakistan Cricket at this point of time. He deserved more respect.......but unfortunately, PCB hasn't ever provided him with it. He truly is one of the greats of International Cricket alongside other Pakistan Cricketers like Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and others...........It is really a sad moment in the history of Cricket!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 8:06 GMT)

good decision but shld have played worldcup.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 8:05 GMT)

Its a yet another shameful act by PCB. This is how treatment is given to their best batsmen in last decade or so.

Posted by MushofCricket on (March 27, 2010, 7:59 GMT)

WE will remember his services for Pakistan Cricket... Excellent player all around.

Posted by amit1807kuwait on (March 27, 2010, 7:58 GMT)

Well, whats the point? And how many times has his international career come to and over the past 3 odd years? In any case, he will be requested to come out of retirement by the Chief Patron of PCB, who for donkey's years, has been the President of Pakistan. What jerks???!!!

Posted by BoonBoom on (March 27, 2010, 7:57 GMT)

This is most certainly a very good news. PCB needs to get rid of all those who are nothing more than just trouble makers. Yes he was a good bastman or perhaps still is...... but certainly he had a bad influence on the team.

Bye Bye Moulvi Yousef.....now pls concentrate on your tabligh....

Posted by sherazm on (March 27, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

A good thing for Pakistan cricket. One of the most selfish batsman ever to play cricket for any team. No doubt he is good, but only for himself.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 7:50 GMT)

we need him for few more years...atleast till the time we get a few more young ones like umer akmal ...we need younis and yousaf both atleas back for the five day stuff..if he actually retires this would hurt none but pakistan cricket

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 7:50 GMT)

we need him for few more years...atleast till the time we get a few more young ones like umer akmal ...we need younis and yousaf both atleas back for the five day stuff..if he actually retires this would hurt none but pakistan cricket

Posted by SanaG on (March 27, 2010, 7:40 GMT)

I think it will be good for Pakistan Cricket as first of all Mohd. yousuf has passed his prime time & secondly he was the manin reason for the grouping in the team so it will be beneficial for Pakistan Cricket in long term

Posted by Yousafzay on (March 27, 2010, 7:35 GMT)

I will definetly say that Pakistan is going to loose a great asset in cricket, this is PCB history that they behave with their senior player like this,shame for PCB

Posted by khmayecha on (March 27, 2010, 7:35 GMT)

There seems to be nothing right either with the players or the PCB. There are far too many skeletons in the cupboard though one thing is certain - the players are always made the scrapegoats. No sector deserves authotiry. It the players assocaiation becomes strong - they are bound to put the admin at a gunpoint and the other way round. Since the pakistani cricketers are really gifted i think they should take up hockey - the entire team can be easily ACCOMODATED SINCE THE PLAYERS IN THE CURRENT TEAM HAVE RETIRED !!!!! and keeping the PCB offcials ageand senility in mind they should be sent for a permanent pilgrimage to Mecca. At least they will realise the difference between right and wrong at the holy place.

Posted by baroda-rockers on (March 27, 2010, 7:30 GMT)

!!!

Posted by Taniwha_NZ on (March 27, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

The PCB is such a joke they make the ECB or BCCI look like management geniuses. Someone like Shoaib Akhtar, more ego than bowler, is allowed time after time to get away with lies about injuries, public criticism of everyone in the PCB, ridiculous nightclubbing at 4am before a game and countless other trangressions. Every ban he's been given has been shortened or rescinded, or even ignored.

And it's been many years since he was a threatening bowler anyway.

While here we have MoYo, undoubtedly a great in Pakistan's recent history, a gentleman and a devout muslim, who has never embarassed anyone but the opposition bowlers, and after a debacle of a tour that I seriously doubt was his fault, he gets a ban for life.

LIFE!

The PCB are inept in ways that can only be described in words not fit for this comment system.

I only hope that out of his career Mohammed has managed to ensure his family's comfort far into the future. He deserves it. (He should also emigrate and play for NZ.)

Posted by mumbaiguy79 on (March 27, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

I think it's a good decision by Yousuf and ultimately a blessing in disguise for Pakistan cricket. I am sure there will be fewer runouts now ;-)

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 7:15 GMT)

PCB has won the battle and muhammad yousaf has lost the match

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 7:14 GMT)

Another sad day in history of Pakistan Cricket, all thanks to ''incompetent'' and "useless" PCB administration. Shame on you PCB.

Ad-hoc-ism in every field of life, including Sport is destroying Pakistan and denying us of so many ''real life heroes'' and ''Sporting Idols''.

Posted by Yaacir on (March 27, 2010, 7:12 GMT)

What a pity? Pakistan is on the verge of sabotaging yet another great cricketer, i must say even if Yousaf as a captain wasnt the right man or whatever the inquiry committee had allegation on him ... still his crime isnt as offensive as others and yet they have(both yousaf and younis) been punished most severely, it really dont make any sense. This is not good for the spirit of cricket in Pakistan, we need to acknowledge our heroes and yousaf and younis both for me are the heroes for our cricket. I wish sanity to prevail in the context of PCB's Jurisdictions. Hoping against hope !

Posted by abeychal on (March 27, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

THANK GOD. Seriously, this is one decision by Yousuf that I welcome. He may have been a very good batsman of his time but honestly, he was just a selfish person who went to play for ICL not in protest of being dropped from the 20-20 team but to make some good money. He didn't even think that the team needed him at that crucial juncture. Plus, it is very obvious that he is trying to impose his religious enlightenment on other team members. Operationally too, he is not the same batsman that he was 3 years ago and his fielding is a joke. All I can say is GET LOST. GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH.

Posted by Yaacir on (March 27, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

What a pity? Pakistan is on the verge of sabotaging yet another great cricketer, i must say even if Yousaf as a captain wasnt the right man or whatever the inquiry committee had allegation on him ... still his crime isnt as offensive as others and yet they have(both yousaf and younis) been punished most severely, it really dont make any sense. This is not good for the spirit of cricket in Pakistan, we need to acknowledge our heroes and yousaf and younis both for me are the heroes for our cricket. I wish sanity to prevail in the context of PCB's Jurisdictions. Hoping against hope !

Posted by nawwabsahab on (March 27, 2010, 7:09 GMT)

yousuf was a good batsmen but plz do not forget he and younis are off from their prime. its better for them to take retirements now. yousuf was never a success against good attacks specially outside subcontinent and in uk. so bye bye yousuf, we wont be missing you much. (younis, malick, misbah and afridi to follow him soon i hope and pray)

Posted by sal80 on (March 27, 2010, 7:07 GMT)

Really sad to hear , this is the end of one of the beautiful and classical batsman of pakistan cricket, yousaf your leagcy will never die. I pray your you and your family as you live happily.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 7:07 GMT)

yet another tale of so much promised faild to live up to the expectations,while yousuf's individual career record is most impressive, what remained to be seen was if he could win pakistan matches the way inzi did.yousf i think missed a chance to go down in hist as a great player, that chance was there , but hardly availed, australian tour was the best oppertunity, All in vain. But i think his interest wasnt there anymore,he is like saeed anwar, both have moved on from cricket, not to say one day he would be back in reckoning as a batting coach maybe. saab gorakh dhandha hai.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 7:05 GMT)

I see Pakistan becoming the next Zim/WI. It's a loss to international cricket. He is such a great player and PCB doesn't realize his value. I love him as a test player. First, Ijaz Butt should be sacked and someone that is sane to run PCB must take over.

Posted by ibofahad on (March 27, 2010, 7:03 GMT)

i hate politics . . Yousaf was a great batsman. we are not failures, our planning, the management is failure every one knows. . . i wish i hadn't seen this day. As said by the author he was the only current composed batsman.

Posted by titanofcricket on (March 27, 2010, 7:02 GMT)

this guy is really undeserving of playing for the highest levels...he has twice abandoned his national team (3rd time now) and still pretends to say that his affliations lie is Pak cricket... i say good riddance mr. yousuf and i sincerely hope this the last time u are retiring! however im not going to hold my breath over this.

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